Halfway there

The forced merger of three failed institutions to create Bank Mandiri, now Indonesia's largest bank, also spawned a new domestic securities house.

Gulf banks press on with modernization

The creation of financial centres and the opening of banking markets in the Gulf to foreign players are broad themes across the region, which is riding a wave of liquidity.

M&A's new dealmakers set to take the stand

As US takeover activity booms again, corporate executives and their advisers are spending as much time weighing the legal implications of their decisions as the strategic benefits of bids.

Food wars down under

Fast thinking and fancy footwork from Metcash Trading, one of Australia's leading grocery businesses, have helped turn a vulnerable company into an acquisitive one.

The new barbarians?

A flurry of big private-equity bids by hedge funds has sparked a turf war between two of the hottest growth sectors in recent years.